I LEFT TRAINERS TRUCK!!!

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Brian 's Comment
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And here's why.........this is just a small sampling of my experience and safety concerns

my trainer was 26, 1 year OTR experience, 75,000 safe miles....and a Pro, according to him.

He told me to speed through a construction zone, no workers meant - no zone, I said NO, didn't need a ticket, his response....he was the trainer, me the student, any ticket would be issued to him, not me .... WRONG ANSWER

he hit a boulder in a truck stop that was protecting a fire hydrant, busted a piece out of the truck bumper - nice 2015 Cascadia with only 35,000 miles, he didn't report it, had me sleeping in the top bunk while he drove

stopped on RR tracks, couldn't back up, school bus behind us....light changed, we drove on.....here comes the train only 2 blocks away.....

we get loaded with 42,000 lbs, were in California so slide tandems , I asked him if we should check if they were locked, NO, there good.......we have done NO pre-trips after 4 days on the truck, I do walk around and check lights, tires, etc....and before I started driving this load, being the heaviest I would be pulling to date, I just happen to look at the tandem pins...only 1 is through the holes!!!!, told him I would not drive like this and must be fixed....we did

Bottom line, for those of you out that are reading this and find yourself in my situation.....do as I did, the company wants to know this stuff, and your NOT learning anything from a trainer like this......

And THANKS to Guyjax, I was able to meet him at my orientation as he happened to be getting his truck serviced in Omaha while I was there. He offered his phone number to me if I needed any support.....I called him a few times and told him what was happening.....quote " Brian, get OFF that truck" I listened, but not right away, I wanted to give my trainer the benefit of doubt.....but Guyjax was 100% right, and I got off to save my career, and learn from someone who cares about the training, and not the MONEY only that trainers get.....

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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my trainer was 26, 1 year OTR experience, 75,000 safe miles....and a Pro, according to him.

Honestly, this is what bothered me the most. Doing 75,000 in one year is pretty pathetic and tells us he never ran hard in his life.

But the worst part and all you had to say is that he thought he was a pro. Oh man, that's a killer! The moment you see yourself as a pro and you stop learning because you think you know it all is the moment you're going to kill someone. No one is a pro, especially with his history.

Yet another young guy with the mental age of a preteen making my generation look bad.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Logan T.'s Comment
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Ain't that the truth Daniel. Heck I got more miles on a dedicated account than that. I would have put down somewhere between 98-100k for the year of I would have stayed on the dedicated Sears account.

's Comment
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Your trainer sounds like a lazy ****roach looking just to make more money off of you & not train you. I would tell the company about him so they can fire him. Best of luck driver

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Yeah, that lazy SOB has no business even being in a big truck, let alone training new drivers. Everything you'd learn from a do*checanoe like that you'd have to immediately set about unlearning, which all but defeats the whole point of being with a trainer in the first place.

Eckoh's Comment
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2 things I like about my trainer. He's got 160k, miles driven this year and one of the first things he said is he does not care about the extra money he wants safe drivers on the road.

Trucktographer's Comment
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I've only been doing this since mid-Sept and I already have over 25k miles.

That guy must stop every mile to get a drink at a truck stop.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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When ya get your new trainer let us know how it goes. The two times I talked to ya on the phone honestly had me scared for you. Glad you were able to get off his truck.

You have my number. Call if ya need anything.

Brian 's Comment
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When ya get your new trainer let us know how it goes. The two times I talked to ya on the phone honestly had me scared for you. Glad you were able to get off his truck.

You have my number. Call if ya need anything.

Thanks, new trainer is a 15 year vet with Werner, picking me up Sunday.....running the Florida to California lane....

So, I went to do some of my CBT's (computer based training) while sitting here in hotel.....and my tablet has gone missing!!! amazing of how while I was driving us to Phoenix, my trainer packed up my stuff.....I had never taken my tablet out of my bag while on his truck.....but its GONE, along with the charger which was in a zippered part of my shower bag........so how do I deal with this latest issue of my trainer experience????

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Ricky A.'s Comment
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Wow!!! Thats f'd up. I am sorry you gotta go through all this.

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